Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's
will for you in Christ Jesus
1 Thessalonians 5:18
been working with partners in northern Mozambique for many years. Many
Mozambicans from this area speak Chichewa, just like their Malawian
neighbours from across the border. They also face the same challenges of
poverty. Although the Zambezi Evangelical Church (ZEC) in Mozambique is
independent of ZEC in Malawi, their churches look and feel very similar.
Most of the ZEC churches in Mozambique weren't hit by the epicentre of Cyclone
Idai in March. However, they lost 10 churches due to extreme rain and winds
in the storms that preceded the cyclone. Mission Director Mike Beresford
describes the highlights of his recent visit to Mozambique:
“Mozambique can be such a difficult place to get to. My visa was rejected
in March: I was informed that my letter of invitation did not have the correct
legal authorisation. This time my visa arrived just two days before I travelled.
Getting the right paperwork in place is troublesome and stressful for me,
but even more so for our local partners. I sometimes think, why bother?
But every time I visit Mozambique, I am reminded how important it is for
me to persevere with the mission's support for our partners there; and also
how easy it is for us to become lazy about serving Christ – the issues we
face are indeed light and momentary problems”.
“We had a wonderful visit to Mozambique in May. We were
there for six days and visited more than ten churches. Some had faced great
hardship – for
example the churches at Mtengowabalame and Chikumba had
collapsed in the March storms.
But despite the difficulties that they have
faced, we enjoyed great times of worship and fellowship together.
These churches are so rural; yet, in every church we visited (whatever day
it was) we held services of worship with hymns, prayers, choirs and preaching.
Many lives were impacted over the six day period through the work of the
Holy Spirit and the ministry of God's Word. There was such a sense of thanksgiving,
even though many we met were facing great challenges”.
was particularly good to spend time with all the leaders of ZEC in Mozambique.
The picture shows them on the slopes next to the hilltop church of Mwanjete
Left to right: Deputy Chairman Estavao Dzumani, Chairman
General Secretary James Hamilton and his deputy Innocent Moffat
“One huge encouragement was being
able to provide subsidised Bibles in Chichewa. We pay about £6
for each Bible through the Bible Society of Malawi, then the Mozambican
believer is able to purchase their own Bible for just £1. It
was such a thrill to see people crowding around the back of our vehicle
after each service to buy their own Bible – often for
the very first time”.
Bible Distribution at Ntachi ZEC
Mike has prepared a slideshow that gives us just a
taste of his visit to Mozambique.
Click here to download